Are you planning a journey from Athens to Sifnos? Are you going on an island-hopping trip around the Greek Islands? The post will take you through exactly how to get to Sifnos from Athens.
Sifnos is the perfect destination to visit in Greece. Experience stunning beaches, isolated villages and a family-friendly atmosphere.
Athens is also well worth a visit, the capital of Greece and home to the world-famous Acropolis, ample tourist attractions and beautiful beaches. There is no airport in Sifnos, so you may decide to fly into Athens and travel to Sifnos from Athens.
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The Best Way to Get from Athens to Sifnos
The best way to travel from Athens to Sifnos (and the only way) is by ferry from Piraeus Port in Athens. Many companies operate on this route. Choose a medium journey time for a medium price for the best experience. I recommend travelling with Seajets (7:00am or 15:15) for the best experience. The journey is just 2 hours, 30 minutes.
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How Long is the Ferry Ride Between Athens and Sifnos?
The journey time varies depending on which ferry company you choose to travel with. The fastest journey time is 2 hours, 30 minutes with Seajets, and the longest is 4 hours, 30 minutes with Olympus or 5 hours, 35 minutes with Dionysis Solomus. Shorter journeys are often more expensive.
Athens to Sifnos Map
What is the Cheapest Ferry Between Athens and Sifnos?
- 7:00am DIONISIS SOLOMUS (5 hours, 35 minutes) – €33.50
- 17:30 OLYMPUS (4 hours, 20 minutes) – €35
Athens to Sifnos Ferry Routes
SeaJets: x13 ferries per week (2 hours, 30 minutes)
Hellenic Seaways: x7 per week (2 hours, 35 minutes)
Aegean Speed Lines: x13 ferries per week (2 hours, 55 minutes)
Zante Ferries: x6 Ferries per week (4 hours, 30 minutes)
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Athens to Sifnos Ferry Times
Ferry times between Athens and Sifnos vary depending on the month and the day of the week. Generally, the first ferry (Seajets) leaves Piraeus Port in Athens at 7:00AM. On some days, ferries finish at 15:30 to Sifnos, and on others, you can go as late as 22:00.
How to get to Piraeus Port
Ferries to Sifnos leave from Piraeus Port which is a short drive away from Athens city centre. There are the best ways to reach Piraeus port for your journey to Sifnos.
MRT to Piraeus Port | From Athens centre, simply catch the metro to Piraeus station. There’s a metro station in most districts of Athens, including at Athens airport. A free shuttle bus connects the different port gates. This takes 30 minutes from Athens centre and 1 hour, 20 minutes from Athens Airport.
Private Transfer or Taxi to Piraeus | A taxi from Athens city centre to Piraeus port should cost around €20. From Athens Airport, expect to pay approximately €50 for the 45-minute journey. You can also book a private transfer in advance with Get Transfer for a similar price. View and book transfers here.
Walking to Piraeus Port | If you’re already staying in Piraeus port, it’s so helpful to be able to walk to your ferry departure. There’s also a free shuttle bus connecting the different gates, which runs every 20 minutes from the Piraeus metro station. View places to stay near Piraeus port here.
Arriving into Sifnos Port
Arriving at Sifnos Port is stunning. You’ll see a long beach backed with steep hills, traditional tavernas and souvenir shops. The port is quiet compared to the neighbouring island of Milos. If you’re staying in the port area, it’s easy to walk to your accommodation (even with kids!).
Buses in Sifnos: If you’re planning on staying elsewhere on the island, all buses run to the capital – Apolonia, where you can change onto another bus to your chosen destination. Regular buses run from Apolonia to Kastro, Vathi, Platis Gialos and Cherronisos. Ticket prices vary between 1,00€ and 2,30€.
Taxis in Sifnos: There are not many taxis on the island of Sifnos, but there’s almost always a taxi available if you ask your accommodation provider to order you one in advance. The journey from Sifnos Port (Artemonas) to Platis Gialos cost 40,00€.
Taking a Car from Athens to Sifnos
Most ferries travelling between Athens and Sifnos ARE car ferries. On Greek ferries, you pay for each passenger and the car separately. The vehicle is usually more expensive than an average ticket—view hire-car prices and availability here. Get started with your journey planning and view ferry timetables and prices for cars here.
How do you get to Sifnos Greece from the UK?
The best way to get from Sifnos from the UK is to fly directly to Athens and catch a ferry from Piraeus Port outside Athens to Sifnos with Seajets (the fastest ferry option). You could also fly directly from the UK to Mykonos, where you can catch a 1 hour, 50-minute ferry to Sifnos, or fly from the UK to Santorini and catch a 4-6 hour ferry to Sifnos.
How big is Sifnos?
The island of Sifnos is 73.94 square kilometres. There are plenty of stunning beaches, resort towns and hidden villages to explore across the island.
The amount of time you choose to spend in Sifnos should depend on what you want to do when you’re on the island. The minimum amount of time I would recommend is 3 days and 2 nights. We spend 2 nights on the island, and we’ll be back! Make sure you explore Platis Gialos!